Rangers won the Youth Cup last night after a final win over Celtic last night.
There was a bit of hype going into the game at Hampden, with the Gers Under 17 team winning the Alkass International Cup in Qatar earlier this year.
Celtic also had some hype considering they boasted the likes of Karamoko Dembele and Armstrong Okoflex.
But it was David McCallum’s team that came out on top thanks to a 3-2 victory – and now there will be even more expectations on this crop of players.
Here we pick out five players who could earn a first team chance under Steven Gerrard soon:
McPake didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet, but did enough off the left to be the talk of the Rangers faithful. Fans were very impressed with his performance as he constantly posed a threat to the right hand side of the Celtic defence. He was very unlucky not to score with a few chances early on and got much closer attention from Celtic as the game went on. Rangers are stacked at left midfield when everyone is fit, but he could definitely compete for a place between now and the end of the season.
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Mebude scored Rangers’ second goal and won a penalty in an all action display from the right. He looked powerful, smart on the ball and willing to work hard for the team while threatening whenever in the final third. He’s been on the periphery of the Rangers first team squad for much of this season and we’d be amazed if he wasn’t to make his debut in the remaining four games.
Much has been said about Young-Coombes after he knocked back Chelsea to move north. He showed his talent with some standout performances in the Alkass International Cup and followed those up with a superb lone frontman display last night. He scored the winning goal and that was reward for what he put into the game. Young-Coombes is quite a bit away from being at Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe’s level, but he’s got potential and Gerrard should recognise that.
Kennedy registered two assists and put the dangerous cross in for their other goal on the night, but will no doubt be beating himself up for the second half penalty miss. As a playmaker, you can’t ask for much more than what Kennedy produced. He’s another quite a bit away from making a regular first team impact. Still Gerrard should be impressed.
Finlayson was captain on the night and marshalled the Rangers defence very well to the win. He was strong and powerful, showing composure on the ball beyond his years. Again, Rangers have good options at centre back, but he could be one to make an impact sooner or later.